Herbs to 2(-3) m. Leaves distichous. Inflorescence terminal, showy. Calyx tubular. Corolla tube slender; petals long and narrow, reflexed. Labellum 2-lobed, showy. Lateral stamens petaloid, showy. Filaments usually long and slender; anthers without a crest. Capsule spherical or oblong, often red or orange inside.
Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats Specimen Records:132 Specimens with Sequences:207 Specimens with Barcodes:156 Species:31 Species With Barcodes:31 Public Records:69 Public Species:24 Public BINs:0
The genus name Hedychium is derived from two ancient Greek words, hedys meaning "sweet" and chios meaning "snow". This refers to the fragrant white flower of the type species H. coronarium.Common names include garland flower, ginger lily, and kahili ginger.